• Exile’s Honor

  • A Novel of Valdemar
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (498 ratings)

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Exile’s Honor

By: Mercedes Lackey
Narrated by: Paul Woodson
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Publisher's Summary

Alberich had spent most of his youth in the Karsite military schools training to be an officer. As the son of an impoverished mother, he had no other career choice open to him. And Alberich had risen in the ranks with almost unnatural speed. He developed expertise with many weapons and excelled in academic subjects with an ease that was the envy of his classmates. But in fact, the reclusive Alberich studied long and hard, pushing himself ruthlessly.   

In battle, Alberich had always had a sort of "sixth sense" about things that were about to happen - when and from where the enemy would attack. Instinctively, he has this ability, for the Sunpriests kept careful watch for anyone exhibiting "demon powers" that were the hallmark of Karse's greatest enemy - the witch nation of Valdemar. Those they caught were "cleansed" in the fires of Vkandis Sunlord.   

Both Alberich's skill and secret served him well in the army of Karse, and when Alberich became one of Karse's youngest captains, he received a special gift - a powerful white stallion "liberated" from the enemy. But this honor was merely a distraction, for the Sunpriests had laid a trap that even Alberich's strange foresight could not predict....

©2002 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2019 Tantor

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Narrator might be an issue

If you are one of those people who have to have the names of things pronounced properly, you’re likely to hate this narrator. While he has a pleasant voice, he constantly mispronounced “Karse” and “Karsite”. This would be a minor issue if the words weren’t used almost constantly throughout the book. He also doesn’t do voices very well which can lead to some confusion with the dialogue. I’m rather disappointed as this is one of my favorite Valdemar books. If that sort of thing doesn’t bother you, you should try it as it’s a great story.

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Beware of narrator

The story is a great one, as in reading the book, but when youre listening to it, the narrator makes you wince and grind your teeth and all the mispronounced words. He mangled English like Alberich mangled Valdarmarian. please have the author check on the narrators pronunciation of their book before recording..

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Its pronounced Karse!

Karsites come from Karse, if it were Karsie they would be called Karsian, its also College-ium not Collie gee um.

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Good read/listen

This book was fun to listen to. It’s a unique concept with engaging characters. This was a good start to a good short series.

Character development was predictable and very linear. Also, the PRIMARY conflict was mostly internal to the protagonist. That was the larger lesson of the book, but it can leave you a bit hungry for more.

I’d recommend it, and will be buying the second book because I truly do want to hear what happens to the characters that I have grown fond of.

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As always a great story! Terrible narration

The narrator not only mangled names but even common everyday words. Still Very Good Story!

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Always one of my favorites and it didn’t disappoint

I read the books years ago and the audiobook just ads to an already great story. I truly liked the narrators interpretation (despite having had a few names set differently in my head). Funny how listening to the book brings out details I didn’t focus on when I read it (in a good way). Happy to see We don’t have to wait too long for book 2... it’s already preordered.

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Please learn how to pronounce collegium

I have adored Mercy Lackey's stories for years, and was looking forward to catching up with some Valdemaran history, but get jarred completely out whenever the narrator says some form of the word collegium. He uses a hard g. Should be a j sound. Just really annoying, and distracts from my enjoyment of the story.

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Mercedes Lackey is an excellent storyteller

The narrator left me wondering if audio book producers consult authors on name pronunciation. He did a good job with voices. Far better than Nick Podell if you have listened to the Colegium Chronicles.

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Exceptional as always

Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Mercedes Lackey is a master of story telling and the Valdemar series is one that I have read and reread. I will continue to follow on Audible as the books are released.

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Other than names being pronounced…

Other than some names being pronounced very differently from other readers and in fact from how the name read to me when I first read them many years ago it’s a good performance. The name changes are a bit jarring to get used to but what can ya do?

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  • Elisabeth
  • 05-07-19

Disappointing narration

This is one of my favourite Valdemar books, giving the back story of how the Karsite Weaponsmaster became a Herald,but it was sadly spoiled by the weird pronunciation of Alberich, Karse and especially collegium - it is coll eej ium, not coll egg ium. Very disappointing.

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  • Debbie Heath
  • 08-07-22

fantastic

loved it. I've got the actual book and have only read it once or twice but since listening to these books again by Mercedes lackey has brought my interest to the valdemar series back again.
I listen to the books when I'm out walking or have some downtime when carrying a book around isn't possible. I might even revisit some of my favourite valdemar books via audible or venture to the new ones.
either way I'm loving listening to the history of Alberich esp as it answers questions I had with my other books.

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  • Loula P
  • 07-03-22

love the story, hate the narrator

I love Mercedes Lackeys books and have both read and listened to most of them that are available. This story is on par with her other works however I kind of hate the narrator. I dont know if it's because of coming straight from listening to excellent ones in the other series like Gabra Zackman and Nick Podehl but this guy is just not as good and has a way of pronouncing some words that just sets my teeth on edge. The great story carried the performance but I wouldn't go out of my way to try other books read by Paul Woodson

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  • Jane
  • 04-28-19

Rather boring

Sorry, I like most of hers but this was struggle to finish. Too much description of characters feelings and thoughts and not enough action. I found Joust rather the same, in fact I gave up with that one! This is a bit better although I did fast forward through some of it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-14-19

yup

love it as usual with mercedes books, but the storyteller has done unusual pronunciation of collegium

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  • Twin Boulder
  • 08-27-21

Not what I remember

I read Mercedes Lackey books back in the day when they first hit the shelves of my local bookstores. Unfortunately, I haven't got any in my bookcase. This means that they were relegated to the second hand bookshops or possibly the Opshop.

Listening to this title, I can see why. They main character, Alberici, gets lost after the first few hours listening. He was made the new weapons master and the princess's bodyguard, but we don't get any development on the story of this.

As has been mentioned in other reviews, the narration is riddled with terrible pronunciation and this is annoying, but could be overlooked. What finally did me in was the droning voice and dragging story, to the point that I called game with just over an hour to go.

I was going to listen to the other titles in this set and a couple of others, but no thank you very much.

Sorry Mercedes, but if I could give this to the Opshop, I would.

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  • Zoe
  • 07-11-21

never would have pronounced it that way

"Karse" being pronounced "Karsey" made me grit my teeth and correct the narrator every time. otherwise, fantastic.

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  • Andrew Cornwall
  • 10-18-19

Decent premise, but bland

Story was decent, but the writing was pretty bland. Needed more interesting character development and sub plots.